Shark Tank star and Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban has always been a Knight and Shining armour when something tragic happens and considered a local hero and inspiration to most of us in Dallas. He has done it again this time by donating $1 million for the Dallas police response to the Orlando mass shooting. The money will be earmarked for an estimated 16,000 hours of Dallas police overtime to be utilized at Chief David Brown’s discretion for enhanced counterterrorism efforts, including additional police presence in the Oak Lawn area.
“I’m proud to be able to help the City of Dallas,” Cuban said.
Mark shows he is a man of action who cares deeply about his fellow Dallasites. Cuban’s donation comes days after a gunman killed 49 people inside the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning. Also on Sunday, a man arrested in Santa Monica armed with guns and explosive chemicals was said to be on his way to the Los Angeles Pride festival.
Police in major cities across the country are beefing up security, particularly in the LGBT community, in response to the Orlando attack. Nightclubs in Austin such as Rain, Highland, and OCH are all coming together to enhance security during the summer months after the Orlando attack. There will also be more security for the month of pride across the country. Although Dallas Pride is not until September we will still need more security and police presence after this massive attack on the gay community.
“The Dallas Police Department thanks Mark Cuban,” said Dallas Police Chief David Brown. “These funds will be used primarily to protect the LGBT community. We will earmark and track the expenditure of these funds to ensure its effective use in creating a safe environment.”
We had the chance to meet Mark Cuban a few years ago when he was attending Madonna’s MDNA concert in the pit area and he stood around posing for photos and could not have been a nicer guy. For a billionaire, celebrity, and CEO Mark Cuban sets a great example for other leaders. He is always positive and always shows love over hate. We are glad you are supporting the gay community in this way.-GayDfw.